Thinking With Type looks like a great site, and is the companion piece to the book Thinking With Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students (Design Briefs)
Archives for January 2005
OrderedList.com Examples : Bending the Matrix – A demonstration of how to use CSS to present a curved navigation bar based on list items. Good stuff.
Mac Designer’s Config is a great post from a designer new to the Mac world, who is interested in the tools and configurations used by other designers. As I plan to make the full switch myself this year, I find the information and discussions within the comments to be very enlightening. There are several applications listed that I haven’t heard of, so I am even more excited to try them out when I have my own set up.
If you are running any version of MovableType, you need to install the newly released patch which closes a hole that “malicious users to send email through the application to any number of arbitrary users.” If you do not want to mess with a full upgrade, just install the plugin. It took me less than three minutes to download and install it on my MT site. A simple fix to a giant problem.
Photon “gives you the power to manage your Movable Type, TypePad, Blojsom and WordPress photo-blogs in the familiar surrounds of Apple iPhoto.
As I posted earlier, SilverSpider Play List 1.2 has some major new features, including the ability to specify images to be used for specific albums, auto-pruning of the play list file and the ability to override the Artist name when querying Amazon.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
One note, it will probably be a while before I release another version, as I have accepted a new job, and will be pretty busy for a while. But, please send your feedback and I will keep track of it for future revs.
With what you ask? Interviewing for my dream job! While I wasn’t looking for a new job (working from home is a pretty sweet setup), I saw the listing for a Web Production Specialist at Stratfor, and I couldn’t resist applying. I have regularly visited their site for years, feeding my information addiction, learning everything I could from the free intelligence briefings they would occasionally distribute. This was a perfect situation as my skills and experience match, point-for-point every requirement on their list, and the interviews proved that my personality and work style will blend in well with the corporate environment. Even the personality profile test appears to indicate that I should fit in – remind me to talk about the test later… it was interesting.
I received an offer Thursday evening and accepted it Friday morning.
For those of you who are not familiar with Stratfor, here is the quick summary of what we do, as quoted from the About US page:
> In today’s explosive information age, Stratfor continues to be the world’s leading private intelligence provider. Individuals, corporations, and even government agencies with their own internal intelligence resources rely on Stratfor for unbiased, accurate, insightful, actionable analysis of global activities that they can use to plan strategy, manage risk, and be more confidently informed.
> From our headquarters in Austin, Texas, founder Dr. George Friedman leads a team of analysts with an unparalleled record for accuracy and clarity in its forecasts. With its own proprietary network of on-the-ground sources around the world, Stratfor has been called “a private-quasi CIA” by Barron’s, and cited by the mainstream media for its uncanny accuracy and ability to uncover the globe’s best-kept secrets and predict world-changing events in ways that no one else can.
So, in two weeks, I will begin working at Seventh and Lavaca, among a new team, and with a load of projects awaiting my attention. So, if my updates are a bit light for the next few weeks, please forgive me, as I will be slammed as I transition out of my job at A. G. Russell and into my new role at Stratfor.
Juicy Studio: ECMAScript Menu System – I have been looking for a menu system to use on this site, and this just may be the one.
Google Raises Word Limit to 32! This is great news, as I occasionally need to search for really long phrases, or combinations of words and phrases.
NutritionData’s Nutrition Facts Calorie Counter” tells you, in simple terms, what’s good and bad about the foods you eat, and helps you select foods that best meet your dietary needs.”
Adium X is “an instant messaging client for Mac OS X. Adium supports multiple protocols, allowing you to communicate on many services from within a single application.”